Hopscotch & Itani Ramen
A California native with Japanese and Sicilian roots, Chef Kyle Itani credits his heritage for instilling in him a passion for celebrating diverse foods. His culinary resume includes time spent working at New York’s The Meatball Shop, and as Chef de Cuisine at Yoshi’s in San Francisco and Oakland. Chef Itani opened his first Uptown Oakland restaurant, Hopscotch, with colleague Jenny Schwartz in 2012. His menu of American fare with Japanese influences earned him multiple appearances on the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant List and in 2012 was named Rising Star Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle. Itani Ramen opened in 2016 with a focus on ramen, cocktails, and izakaya dishes inspired by Chef Itani’s travels and study of Japanese food and culture. In 2017 he helped a longtime friend and colleague Travis Day acquire Thistle Meats, a whole animal butcher shop in downtown Petaluma. Thistle Meats has won Good Food Awards for their Milano Salami and Duck Liver Mousse.